East Piedmont District
“Seeds To Sow, Gardens To Grow”
East Piedmont District Director, S. Wayne Deal, R.Ph
Wayne, a native of South Carolina, was born in Union and grew up on the wooded hillside of Lockhart, SC overlooking the Broad River. He attended the public school system, was a member of the first high school marching band of Lockhart High School, studied piano specializing in the classics, and graduated Valedictorian of his senior class. Afterwards, he applied, was accepted and graduated from the University of SC College of Pharmacy. While there, he worked part time in the research department and was a member and officer of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and a member of the College of Pharmacy’s Student American Pharmaceutical Association serving as Vice President and President his junior and senior years at Carolina. On awards day, he was presented the Upjohn Public Achievement Award for public service and the McKesson & Robbins award for outstanding Presidential Leadership. He finished his internship and worked a year in Loris, SC before moving to Atlanta, GA in 1976 working in both retail and clinical pharmacy positions.
While living in Midtown, across from Piedmont Park, Wayne did volunteer work for the Atlanta Botanical Garden. During the early 1990’s, he started several years of weekend traveling up and down the interstate to help provide healthcare for aging parents and grandparents. In 1998, Wayne moved back to the Kelly Kelton Community in rural Union and currently resides there. He is a fourth generation family farm land owner and worked as a Rotation Relief Pharmacist for CVS Pharmacy in Union, Spartanburg and Greenville Counties until he stopped due to health reasons in June, 2012.
Growing up, Wayne spent his school breaks and summers on his grandparents farm where his love and passion for gardening started. Early on, Wayne’s Papa Carter taught him how to grow vegetables and Wayne’s grandmother taught him, mind you meticulously, how to sow, grow and weed her flower beds. A family relative living close to them introduced Wayne to garden club activity. In 1995, the relative had Wayne helping her by carrying horticulture to the annual Union Fair Flower Show. She gave him some flowers and a vase and told him he was entering the Design Show in the Novice Section. Needless to say, Wayne knew nothing about competition, but got introduced to it quickly.
Later, Wayne was approached by the retiring Flower Show Chairman and Executive Director of the Fair Board and asked if he would be the new Chairman of the Flower Show. Wayne responded yes, joined Aunt Madelyn’s Garden Club and signed up for Flower Show School where he started taking courses to become an accredited Flower Show Judge. Wayne served as President of Good Neighbors’ Garden Club (GNGC) and applied for a State Chairman position and went on the Board of Directors of the GCSC in 2001. Wayne has been on the Board of Directors since then in different chairmanships; excluding the term of 2013-2015 when illness prevented his ability to serve.
After recovery, Wayne went back on the Board in the 2015-2017 term serving two very successful co-chair positions, Summer Expo and Nickels for Natives. Wayne has also served on the SAR Board of Directors and a Life Member of NGC, SAR and the GCSC. Wayne was the past Historian of the NAJCSC and appointed to serve that office for the current 2017-2019 term. Wayne presently attends Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, is Trustee of the Haney Family Cemetery, belongs to the Union County Beekeepers Association, a Master Gardener, Master Accredited Flower Show Judge, Master Mason belonging to the Mt. Joy Masonic Lodge #203 in Kelton, SC, incoming President of GNGC, member of Camellia Garden Club of Manning, Assistant Treasurer of the SCGC and on the Advisory Board for The Piedmont Physics Garden in Union. After practicing close to 40 years as a Pharmacist, Wayne is now retired which gives him the time to work and achieve the goals listed above. If Wayne could give all garden club members a bit of advice, it would be to plant one or more trees; not that you may benefit from the shade it will offer but your children’s children will. Be a good steward of any land you may be temporarily looking after that it may be handed down to the next generation in good shape. Enjoy your time with nature and all it offers you. Wayne is extremely excited, honored and humbled to serve as the East Piedmont District Director for the 2017-2019 term of The Garden Club of South Carolina!
East Piedmont District Co-Director, Elaine Bridwell Wade
‘Seeds are Sown, Gardens are Grown’
Elaine Bridwell Wade, is a native of Spartanburg, S.C. She is married to Don A. Wade who share six children (1) deceased, ten grandchildren (1) deceased and one great grandchild. Over the years the family shared the love of many animals, cats, dogs, birds, rabbits and etc. With such a large family Elaine’s love for gardening gave her a place of solitude.
She began her career in Retail Management for ladies and later assisted her husband in his Real Estate & Construction company which allowed her to be home more for the children.
She joined her first garden club when a neighbor invited her to visit since she had a love for gardening. After that she was hooked and has been involved in garden club work for 25 years or more. Her garden club work included many chairmanships, including GC President, secretary, treasurer, chaplain and etc. She served as Spartanburg GC Council President and is a National Flower Show Judge, life member of GCSC, SAR and NGC. At the present time she serves on GCSC Board and is a proud member of Uspy Daisy GC in Spartanburg, SC.
She is a member of Nazareth Presbyterian church where she also has given of her time in the service of flower design and youth Sunday school teacher when her grandchildren were young.
Elaine’s goal is to assist the Director of EPD and continue her garden club work in all areas to encourage the love of gardening.
East Piedmont District Federated Garden Clubs (20)
632EP- Anne Pamela Cunningham Garden Club, Laurens
076EP- Carolina Wren Garden Club, Clinton
028EP- Fairforest Garden Club, Spartanburg
600EP- Gaffney Garden Club, Gaffney
341EP- Garden Ellas Garden Club, Woodruff
636EP- Gardening on the Cay, Tega Cay
356EP- Good Neighbors Garden Club, Union
186EP- Green Gardeners Garden Club, Lancaster
223EP- In-Depth Study Club, Spartanburg
499EP- Lady Slipper Garden Club, Spartanburg
066EP- Lancaster Garden Club, Lancaster
231EP- Leaf & Petal Garden Club, Lancaster
047EP- Merry Tillers Garden Club, Spartanburg
634EP- Potting Shed Garden Club, Chester
202EP- Reidville Garden Club, Spartanburg
131EP- The Fannie Louise Holcombe Garden Club, Spartanburg
224EP- The Ivy League Garden Club, Spartanburg
021EP- Town & Country Garden Club, Rock Hill
192EP- Upsy-Daisy Garden Club, Spartanburg
C18EP- Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs, Lancaster
C03EP- Spartanburg Garden Club Council, Spartanburg